Japan’s Requested 7% Defense Budget Hike Would Buy 12 F-35s

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Credit: Italian Air Force
The Japanese Defense Ministry’s fiscal 2022 budget request seeks 5.48 trillion yen ($50 billion), a 7% increase from the 5.12 trillion yen it sought the prior year. The budget includes a request for 77.9 billion yen to buy eight Lockheed Martin F-35As, 52.1 billion yen to purchase four F-35Bs, an...

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